U.S. Military Bases Face Increasingly Dangerous Heat as Climate Changes

"U.S. troops, already sweating through dangerous summer heat at military bases across the country, could face an extra month of life-threatening heat every year by mid-century, on average, as the planet warms, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists warns."

Source: InsideClimate News, 11/11/2019

"Senate Eyes Nixing 'Forever Chemicals' From Major Defense Policy Bill"

"The Senate is prepared to walk away from provisions of a defense policy bill that would compel the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate a cancer-linked chemical that is leaching into the water supply, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told reporters Tuesday."

Source: The Hill, 11/06/2019

“Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working With Elephants”

A new book, “Giants of the Monsoon Forest,” offers an intimate look at the lives of working elephants in conflict-ridden Myanmar, where one of the planet’s most majestic animals faces increasing pressures. BookShelf reviewer Melody Kemp, based in Laos, describes her own experience with elephants, their surprising history with man and hopeful possibilities for their future.

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Pentagon Watchdog To Examine Military’s Use Of Toxic PFAS Chemicals

"The Pentagon’s inspector general is examining the military’s use of a dangerous but ubiquitous class of man-made chemicals that has leached into the drinking water of millions of Americans, including many living near military bases across the country."

Source: Washington Post, 10/16/2019

Senate Democrat Raises Scrutiny Of Russian Investment In Kentucky Mill

"A top Senate Democrat is asking the owner of a controversial Kentucky aluminum mill to provide more details about a Russian oligarch’s investment in the project, including whether the partnership could provide the Russian company with access to sensitive information."

Source: McClatchy, 10/11/2019

"Senate Seeks to Back Ban on Firefighting Foam in Defense Bill"

"The Senate urged its negotiators Sept. 25 to back language banning the Pentagon’s use of firefighting foam containing potentially hazardous nonstick chemicals known as PFAS, as House-Senate talks continue toward a single Defense Department reauthorization bill."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 09/26/2019


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